An 82-year-old woman from Kilburn was the victim of a distraction pickpocket in Belper on Friday.
The woman was shopping at Morrisson’s at about 2.50pm when a man started asking her questions about fruit products.
It is believed that while the woman was looking at the fruit, the man stole a purse from her bag, which contained cash, a pension book and a debit card.
The culprit is described as being of large build, medium height and in his mid-thirties.
Anyone with information is asked to call 101.